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2 Kings 25:13-16


25:13 The Babylonians broke the two bronze pillars in the Lord’s temple, as well as the movable stands and the big bronze basin called the “The Sea.” 1  They took the bronze to Babylon. 25:14 They also took the pots, shovels, 2  trimming shears, 3  pans, and all the bronze utensils used by the priests. 4  25:15 The captain of the royal guard took the golden and silver censers 5  and basins. 25:16 The bronze of the items that King Solomon made for the Lord’s temple – including the two pillars, the big bronze basin called “The Sea,” the twelve bronze bulls under “The Sea,” 6  and the movable stands – was too heavy to be weighed.

1 sn See the note at 1 Kgs 7:23.

2 sn These shovels were used to clean the altar.

3 sn These were used to trim the wicks.

4 tn Heb “with which they served [or, ‘fulfilled their duty’].”

5 sn These held the embers used for the incense offerings.

6 tc The MT lacks “the twelve bronze bulls under ‘the Sea,’” but these words have probably been accidentally omitted by homoioarcton. The scribe’s eye may have jumped from the וְהָ (vÿha-) on וְהַבָּקָר (vÿhabbaqar), “and the bulls,” to the וְהָ on וְהַמְּכֹנוֹת (vÿhammÿkhonot), “and the movable stands,” causing him to leave out the intervening words. See the parallel passage in Jer 52:20.

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